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Monday, November 21, 2011

New York Magazine is running a point/counterpoint set of articles about the Republican and Democratic parties. The Republican piece is called "When Did the GOP Lose Touch With Reality?" and it seemed to me that this is a worthwhile question which deserves a serious answer. Before I clicked on it I wrote my answer down on a scrap of paper so that nobody could accuse me of cheating: "Shortly after the 1960 Presidential election." Then I clicked. You can imagine my disappointment when I saw the byline on the piece: David Frum? Seriously? Mr. Frum tells us, "When I entered Republican politics, during an earlier period of malaise, in the late seventies and early eighties, the movement got most of the big questions --crime, inflation, the Cold War --right," and there we have the nub of it. In fact, in the late seventies and early eighties the Republican Party embarked upon a disastrous series of policies on all of those things. It took eight years of Bill Clinton to start fixing the mess that Reagan and Bush left behind, and it was only the fact that the United States had then and has today resources unequaled by any other nation in either history or the world that made it possible to emerge from those dark days. First chance they got the Republican party plunged us back into the disaster that Reagan's puppeteers had engineered, and now David Frum has been kind enough to take a moment away from cocktail hour with his friend the giant rabbit to tell us about what our national priorities should look like. Here's a tip for you David: don't smoke whatever that is in bed.

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I don't know anything about David Frum but he sure missed the turn. Dad, good Republican that he is, started turning away from the GOP just about when you said, the mid-sixies. In fact, altho' he is still a Republican, he has not voted for a Repub. Prez candidate since that time.
 

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